Is your butter grass-fed?
That sounds weird, doesn’t it? Grass-fed butter. Butter doesn’t eat, so how can it be fed grass?
Well, as you may have guessed, it isn’t the butter that is grass-fed – it’s the cow.
Why does it matter? Is it that important? YES – it is THAT important. Let’s talk about why.
There are 2 basic ways cows can be fed: grass-fed and grain-fed. Which do you think its the natural diet of a cow in nature? Hopefully, you said grass!
The problem with grain-fed cows is that they are often sicker and more malnourished than their grass-fed counterparts. The studies have shown that grain-fed cows produce milk that is lower in nutrient content than grass-fed cows.
Not only that – it is more likely more to be contaminated with mold given the likelihood of grain contamination of mold. Did you know that it accumulated as well? According to Dave Asprey, “60 percent of mold toxin accumulates in the casein” (The Bulletproof Diet Book, p. 166).
Grass-fed butter also is significantly higher in things like :
- CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) – which has been known to reduce body fat, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
- Vitamin K2 – plays an important role in bone health and cardiovascular health.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids – this is important because there needs to exist a proper ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 acids. In older times, our natural ratio was about 1:1. In today’s world – we get TONS more omega-6 fats than omega-3 fats and our ratio might be closer to 20:1! Why is this bad? Well, our bodies need BOTH fats for different reasons. But to put it simply, omega-3’s have a tendency to fight inflammation and omega-6’s have a tendency to induce inflammation.
So now that you know why consuming grass-fed butter instead of regular butter is the BEST choice…. What exactly does butter DO for your body when you consume it? Are you ready to be blown away?
The ingredient in butter that is so amazing is butyrate. This is a short-chain saturated fatty acid. In a lab study, butyrate was shown to lower cholesterol and increase insulin sensitivity. Another study showed that it also improved mitochondrial function and increased healthy gut bacteria (The Bulletproof Diet Book).
So, don’t be shy. Add the butter to your coffee, to your sauteeing pan, to your veggies, to ANYTHING!